Anna Mieke, or Anna-Mieke Bishop, is a musician and songwriter hailing from the hills of county Wicklow, Ireland. She performs on guitar, bouzouki and piano, sometimes as a solo performer, sometimes joining forces with others. Often appearing on stage alongside, are Brían Mac Gloinn (of Ye Vagabonds), who contributes harmonies, the Indian harmonium and fiddle to the mix, and Matthew Jacobson (of ReDivider; Insufficient Funs; Clang Sayne, to name a few), adding jazz-influenced percussion.
She has spent a lot of her life travelling and living in different corners of the world; from the west of Ireland to Spain to Bangladesh to New Zealand, and draws on these experiences for songwriting inspiration. She has also spent time focusing on traditional Irish music such as Irish cello, sean-nós singing and fiddle, which has influenced her musical style and improvisations. Anna also performs cello in the sometimes-seen-above-ground, experimental improv group, HEX.
Over the last few years, Anna has found herself playing in beautiful venues (including a giant cave and the collapsed ruins of a church) and homes, at many festivals (Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Clonmel Junction Festival, Sounds From A Safe Harbour) and shared stages with inspiring musicians such as This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain, Lankum, Ye Vagabonds, Loah, Martin Hayes, John Smith, Rachel Sermanni and Clang Sayne.
Following on from the release of several live performance videos and studio-recorded singles in 2018, Anna will be releasing an album in spring of 2019.